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Beach Body Ready: Shoulders

July 9, 2013

An area of the body that is sometimes overlooked are the shoulders. Yet having healthy, toned shoulders is an important aspect for your overall health and your appearance.

Let’s start with the health aspect. Your shoulders are primarily composed of muscle. It is important to keep the muscles in your shoulder well to avoid issues with the shoulder blades themselves, the upper back, and the neck.

Young Woman Holding Her Neck in Pain

Proper shoulder maintenance involves:

  • exercising properly (to avoid strain),
You still want to ensure proper form on exercises that don't specifically target the shoulders - crunches, for example, if not performed properly, can strain the neck, shoulders, & back.

You still want to ensure proper form on exercises that don’t specifically target the shoulders – crunches, for example, if not performed properly, can strain the neck, shoulders, & back.

  • maintaining good posture,

posture

  • trying to keep the weight in your purse light,
If you need to carry a heavier load, try to use a backpack and wear both straps to allocate the weight evenly.

If you need to carry a heavier load, try to use a backpack and wear both straps to allocate the weight evenly.

  • & pampering yourself with the occasional massage.
Massage helps to ease the tension in this area.

Massage helps to ease the tension in this area.

Are you a current or former athlete? If so, you want to take special care of your rotator cuff. Much like the name suggests, these muscles help you rotate your shoulders. They also help you lift your arms in front and to the sides of your body. Athletes and people in professions that require them to reach often for materials often injure this group of muscles. For a few exercises that target the rotary cuff, click on this link.

In addition to the health benefits for having tones shoulders, there are also the shallow reasons.

When talking about appearance, the deltoids are the muscles in your shoulders that you see. Toned deltoid muscles help give you a curvier, hourglass figure, and make your waist look smaller.

hourglass

There are three areas of the deltoids you want to tone to get the toned shoulders you want: the anterior, medial, and posterior areas.

Come back next week for exercise and form to gain and keep beautiful shoulders!

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